Parents

  • A school in California asked us how to engage more fathers in the conversation around healthy relationships, so we created a “4 Critical Skills for Fathers: Beyond Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll.” Our team of 4 presenters addressed high risk drinking, sexual misconduct, positive masculinity, and leadership skills with over 300 dads during a half-day intensive. It was so popular that we did a follow-up session with the dads and their sons together.
  • A school in Connecticut wanted to ensure their seniors and parents received comprehensive expert knowledge on college living, policies, disciplinary expectations, sexual misconduct, hazing, alcohol, substance use and campus culture. COS provided a team of 4 presenters to include the Dean of Students, Chief Legal Counsel, Health Center Director and a national school safety expert from highly competitive colleges for a morning of lecture, discussion and case studies. Both parents and students ranked the program as one of the top 3 most important programs they had attended in four years.

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Sample Day

Healthy Relationships Event Schedule

Day 1

12 – 2pm – Training for Facilitators: Training and preparation with Breakout Group Facilitation Leaders

2 – 4pm – Healthy Relationships Peer Leaders: 2 – 4pm Session with Healthy Relationships Peer Leaders

6:30pm – Parent Program: Parent Program to Preview Healthy Relationships Day

Day 2

8:30 – 9am – Welcome & Kick-off Keynote: Welcome to Healthy Relationships Day for all 9-12th graders and faculty/staff

9:10 – 10am – Session #1a

  • 9th Grade Girls: Fundamentals of Respect, Sexual Misconduct, and Harassment
  • 9th Grade Boys: Fundamentals of Respect, Sexual Misconduct, and Harassment
  • 10th Graders – ALL: Gender, Sexual Identity, and Inclusivity
  • 11th Grade Girls: What is a Healthy Relationship?
  •  11th Grade Boys: What is a Healthy Relationship?

10 – 10:45am – Session 1#b: Small Group Breakouts from Session #1 (led by Faculty/Staff)

10-12pm – 12th Graders: College Preparation on Sexual Misconduct with Case Study

Open Forum Lunch with all presenters for focus conversations

1 – 1:50pm Session #2a

  • 9th Grade Girls: Fundamentals of Respect, Sexual Misconduct, and Harassment
  • 9th Grade Boys: Fundamentals of Respect, Sexual Misconduct, and Harassment
  • 10th Graders – ALL: Fundamentals of Respect, Sexual Misconduct, and Harassment
  • 11th graders – ALL:  Gender, Sexual Identity, and Inclusivity

2 – 2:45pm Session 2#b: Small Group Breakouts from Session #1 (led by Faculty/Staff and Seniors with 9th graders)

3 – 3pm Debrief: Debrief day with admin team

6:30pm Parents of Seniors: Senior Parent Session on Transitions to College (can be with seniors and their parents)

*Any student not identifying as male or female can choose which session to attend, or an break-out groups can be all mixed gender based on the preference of the school.

“I just wanted to say thank you again for the presentation last night. It was very, very informative. I came home and had separate conversations with my husband and youngest son (Freshmen) then my daughter (Jr.) and later my son (Sr). As a parent it is so hard to figure out how to prepare them for all these frightening possibilities but talking about it and learning from experts like you are an excellent start. Thank you for all you have done and for a great presentation.”

Parent

Chatham High School, NJ